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berlin. vladimir putin has taken his fourth term as russian president. he makes because -- promises to the russian -- he makes promises to the russian people but for the u.s., no sign that he is changing course on confrontation. at least six killed in airstrikes in yemen necessary coalition tries to dislodge rebels from the capital city. and in lebanon, hezbollah
supporters celebrate big elections with almost all of the votes counted. they are taken more than one third of the seats in parliament. and, the man about to shake things up celebrate a year in office. emmanuel macron celebrates a year on the world stage. we look at the presidents and what he has achieved at home and abroad. ♪ brent: i am brent goff. today, vladimir putin was sworn in for a record fourth term as president of russia. it is a speech, he pledged to turn russians one of the world top five economies. he called for high-performance and expert -- export oriented
economic policy. he won with three quarters of the vote and no rivals. but his critics accuse him of corruption and silencing opposing voices. >> the start of mr. putin's day was carefully managed. russia's state tv films the long walk from the corridors of his office on the way to the ceremony. eventually he arrived at the car, waiting to take him on the short trip to the kremlin. then, the grand entrance. and the lock continued. all choreographed to maintain suspense. 5000 people waited for them to be sworn in. he promised to protect the country and serve the russian people.
he praised russia's return to the world stage is what he calls a strong and influential voice. and he talks about economic and beneficial progress 2 -- economic progress to benefit all russians. >> a new quality of life. security and the health of the person are the most important these are the issues at the center of our policy. the self-realization of everyone. >> but for all of the build up and bombast, few believe that his office will bring much change. he has artie said that he wants the incumbent for minister to stay in his post and clinton himself as been empowered as prime minister or president for almost 20 years. most young people have known no other young -- no other leader.
there is no sign of a successor. brent: joining me to join this -- joining me to talk about putin, brendan it is good to have your program. we had a leader in power for a long time and remains immensely popular. how do you explain that? >> it has to do with the 1990's when the russians lost everything. the growth of gas into 2000s when putin came into powder. there is a growth -- into power. the russians seem to be in power ends russians are happy that this. brent: but there is no opposition in russia that we can speak of. do you see the next four years
solidifying that authoritarian power of putin even more? >> i think in the next six years yet the deal more with domestic issues. there is a stagnating economy, socioeconomic questions. these are increasingly important for the russian so people are happy -- unhappy with the country they live in but they don't your perspective of growth is country. but there is a weak opposition so who can really challenge him? brent: no one can, right? >> one man tried, but was the first person who really challenge the system of putin. he's not a liberal. he is a nationalist and patriot. he talks about the system's weaknesses including corruption. i am for, he says, crimea and i
am against the caucuses. but i'm for a great russia. brent: what about the great russia post putin? grew him. >> the regime decided in about five to five and a half years that putin will stay. he has to protect the system, the people around him, his own security. brent: i read that he may never want to leave power because if he does, no one will protect him. >> that is possible. another official really guaranteed his security and that of his family. that is importance to mr. putin. brent: the german foreign minister has called on putin to
play a constructive role in the world stage. >> we are interested in dialogue with russia. we also have expectations regarding their behavior. we know that with the issues being discussed today, russia has to be part of the solution. with syria, but also ukraine. that is why we are seeking dialogue but also looking for constructive contributions to solving these existing issues. brent: we have been hearing that for years. look at the situation in syria. does putin have any incentive to change his policy? >> no. there is a growing transatlantic divide and he sees the united states is weak. europe is dividing. and he uses these weaknesses to boost his own prestige.
he was pretty successful. he's now open a world power. -- he is now a bit of a world power. the u.s. and the west might change their policies. brent: they say you are judged by the company you keep. today, i'm official was seen standing next to -- what does that tell the world about germany and its role in russia? a former chancellor standing that close to mr. putin? >> i wouldn't say that it has set a lot of germany because germany has changed especially under angela merkel. mr. schroeder is a personal friend of mr. putin. and with russian companies, i think it's not so much about
credibility of politics that, i wouldn't say he really presents the german foreign policy. we've had generation change and a shift in terms of how we deal with russia. brent: you don't think this is a blight on germany at all? >> no, i think he's bad for the prestige of german politics and inside of german politics. this is about and taking money for promoting russian interests in germany and europe. but i will think your presents the elites -- i don't think he represents the elite. brent: we appreciate your insights. thank you. >> thank you. brent: in yemen, at least six people have been killed by airstrikes targeting huthi
rebels. a palace is in residential net -- this palaces and a residential neighborhood. >> the official ye -- the official yemeni news agencies have said many are trapped in the rubble. a saudi led coalition seeks to restore the government but residents say that civilians bear the brunt of the latest attacks. >> a fighter jet targeted the presidential office and the neighborhood is crowded with residents. it is a workday. we went to rescue people who were trapped in the wreckage. we rescued two people in a car and a dedicated. a second -- a dead kid. while rescuing people a second are airstrike targeted the rescuers. >> this is a deliberate
targeting of the citizens. >> they hit a civilian institution 100%. it is not a military barracks. they target us at our houses and workplaces, our weddings and funerals. we tell them that we are resilient. >> two leaders are reported to of been inside of the palace when the jets struck. but it is not clear whether they are among the victims. the war has killed more than 10,000 people and displaced more than 3 million and left yemen in ruling -- in ruins. brent: hezbollah has made big gains in the parliament election. with almost all the votes counted, they have more than one third of the 128 seats. the block that was primarily led had lost many of its seats but
he is likely to remain in office. >> it's being seen as a victory for hezbollah back in iran. they gains roles as the party of resistance against israel. >> the results of the election and the composition of the new parliament led more power to the resistance bloc and provide a safety guaranteed. >> the western backed sunni prime minister had lost wonder of its seats but is still on course to form the next government. the power-sharing system means the prime minister has to be a sunni. >> i think the results are in favor of 11, a free lebanon and a free democracy. -- of lebanon, a free lebanon and a free democracy. the international community should look at the results of
our refugee progress in a positive way. >> the election has been delayed three times by the crisis in syria. one challenges dealing with will more than one -- dealing with more than one million refugees. >> we've been using this opportunity to make our economy better because people are having a hard time. >> we hope that all of the lebanese people will come to the table and work together. >> voters are hoping that new unity government can revitalize the stagnant economy. >> here are stories making headlines around the world. the italian president has called on the country's deadlock political parties to back a temporary neutral government. more than two months after inconclusive elections, he says that italy cannot wait longer for leadership.
the country's two largest parties are rejecting the call saying that they would prefer early elections. donald trump will announce his decision on whether the u.s. will pull out of the iran deal on tuesday. france, britain, and germany have urged him to stay in the 2015 agreement, which eases sanctions on tehran in exchange for curbs on its nuclear program. law flows on a hawaiian island have destroyed dozens of buildings as lava flow causes new fissures. almost 2000 people have been evacuated. this gardens area is off limits due to deadly volcanic gas. back in europe, france's president has and marking his
full -- his first year in office. he is the youngest leaders since napoleon and has set out to reassert the idea of power should -- a powerful france. >> this was his moment of triumph. emmanuel macron, the newcomer who shook up france's political establishment, defeated the far right national front, and introduced a new style of government. >> french peasant had the powerful leader in decades. even on the -- even under charles de gaulle, the presidency wasn't such an operation.
this isn't a president who conquers a party but rather of party that took shape after his victory. >> in disavowing the long-standing right left little spectrum, he has tried to join pro-eu forces with those opposed to globalization. he's trying to combine right leaning business leaders with left-leaning individuals. >> this has enabled him to introduce rapid and radical reforms, especially in the job market at the railway system. that is something that sarkozy didn't even manage to do. >> is macron -- it is mac.
>> now, it is something that's shifted away that -- shifted away. something that angela merkel will have to get used to. brent: so much for the honeymoon for mr. macron. but now, france could lose its national carrier? >> he's saying the government wouldn't intervene even though the future of air france is on the line. a strike is pushing the company to bankruptcy. the shares closing 10% lower on monday. >> the strike is biting hard. on monday, people went on strike , being warned that it could put the employer out of business. many crewmembers don't agree with the union. they showed up to work and help
air france avoiding all-out disaster with the majority of flights able to operate. >> we like our customers. we don't want them to go to competition and we want to get out of this slump. >> the slump refers to chronic problems. air france lacks behind -- lags behind in infrastructure and the pay isn't helping. the ceo steps down -- stepped down friday night after workers rejected a pay offer. days of strike have put air france in a bad position. this is a waste that is going to make our competitors more viable ends her -- and hurt our team. >> macron looks to revamp
france's economy. for him, a more flexible workforce, but unions think that they have the upper hand. >> we want our new president to be open to dialogue. we are asking for a much more open mindset in sharing this open dialogue. >> the dialogue may not help much given the precarious state that france is in -- that air france is in. >> air france still suffers from an economic disease, lack of productivity, is a company that has to adapt to the market and the constraints. and to consumer expectations. >> as the strike continues, more flights are set to be canceled and as air france's bottom line weakens, so does their ability to meet demand. >> if you thought starbucks was everywhere, there is no getting away from them now.
nestle, best known for nescafe instant coffee, but the rights to sell the products for more than $7 billion. >> coffee is a growing market and competition is fierce. nestle hopes that this alliance with starbucks will reinvigorate the brand. the swiss food giants will pay for the rights to products there goods -- to market their products in starbucks stores. this year, starbucks will earn about $2 billion in stores. the u.s. is the second biggest coffee market after the eu with a share of 16%. nestle has announced they will take on 500 starbucks employees who will manage that business from the u.s.. regulars still have to approve the deal. >> getting more on this with our
financial correspondent in. new york -- in new york. >> how our caffeinated traders reacting to the news? >> wall street remains quite skeptical. starbucks was under slight pressure. $7 billion, a lot of money, will basically go back to investors with the buyback programs. it's not the most innovative way to spend the money. and starbucks wants to invest in the u.s., especially in the afternoon, to get customers into stores. if that works will remain to be seen. they only have a market share in the u.s. about 3% of the packaged coffee business. they are looking to get a better
foothold in the united states. when it comes to starbucks, there is skepticism regarding the steel. -- regarding this deal. >> what has been driving the markets? >> one technical factor, we saw on thursday that blue-chip lost almost 400 points. we crossed that crucial 200 day average and then rebounded. we had a very stronger reading on friday. an update of around 300 points. it was a solid increase of 200 points. we had oil prices with the west texas intermediate oil prices. from the first time since 2014. then from the white house, that u.s. president donald trump was
going to announce the around deal on tuesday. we lost a little bit of steam when it comes to oil. >> thank you. global travel is a trillion dollar industry but globetrotters are leaving a much bigger carbon footprint than previously thought. a new study shows that tourism accounts for 8% of all greenhouse emissions. the biggest single contribution is international air travel. scientists are saying stay earthbound if possible and use public transport. taking a closer look at the verdict in an incredible court case. >> a greek court has cleared five humanitarian volunteers of
smuggling in a case seem to have major implications for the migration crisis in europe. the volunteers were standing trial on the greek island of le sbos. one of them travels to the island immediately after seeing the infamous photograph of the syrian popular washed up on a turkish beach. he and the other volunteers spent months rescuing volunteers -- rescuing refugees. critics saw this as politically motivated. ♪ >> it will be a tale of david versus goliath. a tiny club from western france, they take on european powerhouse in the french cup final.
they are a third division team from a town of 15,000 people. the players practiced, well aware today of the task they face. their budget at 500 million euros -- 500,000 euros and their opponents, 2 million euros. >> we have to make the best of it. >> i think it's a spectacular final because it brings together all of football. the amateur and professional side. oftentimes we divide and oppose them but this time there will be futball with a capital f. >> homeowners know that it is time to start cutting the grass.
but where some see drudgery, others see opportunity for support. let us introduce you to lawnmower racing. >> is loud and smoggy but these drivers wouldn't want it any other way. mastering the pumps and navigating through tight curves are two of their biggest challenges. ends the sport -- and the sport is more painful than it looks. >> the championship round is 20 laps which doesn't seem that long. if you're going full throttle, from the first start to lap five, you are probably going to start to take. >> tricks to succeed, pacing. otherwise drivers risk tiring themselves out. in many ways it is not different from formula one.
>> the points are very similar to formula one. we do this race over two days. 25 points per race, 100 points per weekend. >> the driver with the most points takes the crowd. lawnmower racing doesn't have the glitz and glamour of formula one but it has the cutting-edge. >> will take you through the day. stick around. ♪
elaine reyes: a mass migration away from war and violence. more than a million people have fled to europe, a crisis that has burdened its borders, but some have found solace in south america. i'm elaine reyes in washington, d.c., and this is "americas now." syrian refugees head to south america with the expectation of building a new life after running away from a conflict zone. [man shouting in native language] man: maybe brazil is just a station for another movement-- man: yes. man: or maybe i will stay here in brazil. i don't know. but in brazil, i can't survive. i don't know. man: you can't? man: no, because i--there is no job. reyes: brazil opens the door to thousands of syrians, but life in the promised land is not easy either. man: the moment when you decided to leave... reyes: correspondent gerry hadden reports from sao paulo. gerry: how aou